Back in the 1990's when I was homeschooling our 4 children I remember learning a technique for teaching the basic elements of a story, called the Seven Sentence Story. Today, having the w.w.w. at my fingertips, I searched for the S.S.S. and found a couple of templates.
I found this one created by a motivational speaker:
- Opening (who, when, where)
- Context ( important background info.)
- Conflict ( x vs.y)
- Proposed Resolution (attempts to end the conflict?)
- Cliffhanger (What was at risk?)
- Actual Resolution (How did it end?)
- Most Important Point
And this one by a screenwriter:
- Once upon a time
- And every day
- Until one day
- And because of this
- And because of this also
- Until finally
- And ever since that day.
During my search, I also found this summary of writing tips compiled from the letters of Ernest Hemingway:
- To get started, write one true sentence.
- Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next.
- Never think about the story when you’re not working.
- When it’s time to work again, always start by reading what you've written so far.
- Don’t describe an emotion–make it.
- Use a pencil.
- Be Brief. Source: (Seven Tips from Ernest Hemingway:)
Memoir Notes: You might not want to read what came out when I attempted this exercise. It isn't a story, really. However, these tips and constraints provided a structure for my thoughts that made writing much simpler.
These fears vanished in a few weeks of homeschooling as we united as a family, establishing a comfortable routine that would remain for many years, including starting each day with family Bible study, chores, animal care, reading quality books aloud -- all accomplished by the end of breakfast.
A friend once reminded me that the fruit is the telling of the health of a tree.
Twenty-three years later we see our homeschooling years as so much more than a solid foundation for our children, or a separation from our culture's flimsy values; our homeschooling years were a tree of life that produced enchanting and priceless fruit.
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